Report shows Ann Arbor schools community wants more communication, equity solutions

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, January 23, 2014

A desire for more communication from Ann Arbor schools leaders with the community at large is one of several overriding major issues Superintendent Jeanice Swift found in the district in her first four months on the job.

Swift presented the qualitative findings from her “Listen and Learn” tour to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education at its winter retreat Wednesday at Skyline High School.

The report, a result of more than 80 meetings Swift conducted with about 2,000 students, staff and Ann Arbor residents, is a compilation of 110,000 words and 9,200 entries.

After asking attendees at the listening tour to share what they wanted the future of AAPS to look like, as well as the areas the district needs to improve on, Swift handed over the data to a research team from the University of Michigan’s School of Education Policy and Leadership in late December.

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